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15 Wednesday

lectures

I felt both awestruck and somewhat queasy one afternoon when a speeding UFR shot through the air right in front of me and took out an LBJ that just couldn't fly fast enough to save itself. In birding parlance, that hunter was an "Unidentified Flying Raptor" and its airborne snack was a "Little Brown Job," the field-journal term for finches, sparrows and similar hard-to-ID species. Identifying Colorado's 18 diurnal raptors — falcons, kites, eagles and other birds of prey that are active during the day — is the focus of tonight's skills-building program, presented by the Aiken Audubon Society. The free class starts at 6:30 at the Colorado Division of Wildlife building (4255 Sinton Road, aikenaudubon.com), where you will no doubt learn ways to spot the American kestrel, which is what my flying assassin turned out to be. — Mary Jo Meade

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16 Thursday

stage

There's not a lot of information about Swedish painter Hans Hedenström online, but if you're OK subbing out straight facts for creative subjectivity, visit the Millibo Art Theatre (1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org) at 7:30 tonight for Inspired ... An Evening of New Theatre, in which actors, writers, poets and dancers will perform their take on a particular Hedenström work. You'll see a new show from the Ormao Dance Company, new short plays from Michele Berdinis and Mark and Lauren Arnest, and solo pieces by actors Stephen Ochsner and Nisa Ari. Inspired runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2, through Jan. 26. Tickets are $20; $15 on Thursdays. — Edie Adelstein

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17 Friday

stage

Since they're on track to pass fewer laws than any Congress in history, our lawmakers in the 113th may want to revisit the song "I'm Just a Bill" solely to remember how it all works. They'll get the chance, if they hit the Colorado Springs Conservatory (coloradospringsconservatory.org) performance of Schoolhouse Rock Live!, at 7 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center's Studio Bee, 190 S. Cascade. Ave. There, the Conservatory's Jr. and Mini companies will be pumping out educational jams like "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly" — get your adverbs here — and "Conjunction Junction." Tickets are $5 to $10. — Bryce Crawford

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18 Saturday

music

Depending on your point of view, Kenny Loggins can be seen as (a) the guy who sang "House at Pooh Corner" and "Your Mama Don't Dance" as half of the hirsute Loggins & Messina or (b) the yacht rocker who co-wrote Michael McDonald's "What a Fool Believes" and perpetrated the No. 1 hit "Footloose," which was later covered by Alvin & the Chipmunks and the cast of Glee. These days, he's hoping you'll think of him as (c) the artist who resuscitated his career alongside country singer-songwriters Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr in Blue Sky Riders. You can decide for yourself tonight at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org); showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $50/FAC members, $55/public. — Bill Forman

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19 Sunday

music

In 2009, NPR's Ted Libbey said that when it comes to conveying "extraordinary turbulence and passion," Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor "stands alone — not only among Mozart's works, but among all the symphonic works of the 18th century." So if things have been going just a little too smoothly to start 2014, consider dropping in for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Mozart 40 performance at 2:30 today (following yesterday's 8 p.m. performance) at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com, $19-$61). Conductor Matthias Bamert will ensure you'll be better for it. Or maybe slightly worse. Either way, you'll be shaken out of that winter slumber. — Kirk Woundy

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20 Monday

community

According to mlkday.gov, more Americans live in poverty now than during Dr. King's time. This is especially disheartening given that the man focused what would be the final months of his life on fighting poverty. However, on this day of service, you can discuss ways to help, inspire and collaborate at the MLK All People's Breakfast, kicking off at 8 at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu, $7) with Rev. Benjamin Broadbent. Later, at 7, Denver's Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will perform a free MLK Day show with the Colorado Springs Chapter Choir of the Gospel Music Workshop of America at Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) — Edie Adelstein

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21 Tuesday

lecture

In a 2012 promotional video for Colorado College, alumnus Tim Sexton talked about needing to be willing to try things and fail at them. Lord knows the screenwriter must have experienced some failures, but the list of successes — including an Academy Award nomination in 2006 for co-writing the screenplay for Children of Men — grows ever longer, including shows for ABC, Lifetime and the BBC that are all in various stages of development or production. Sexton will probably talk about some of that at his free lecture, "Writing Across Culture." Find it at 7 tonight at the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Bryce Crawford

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